Sun., 5:32 pm; Coming Monday – Lordstown rallies around Civil War troops

COMING MONDAY: The weekly column by Trumbull County’s Civil War 150 Committee this week recaps a rally in Lordstown, as covered in a May 4, 1864, article of the Western Reserve Chronicle.

Among the coverage:

“The citizens of Lordstown, and vicinity, met at the center, April 15th, bringing with them loads of provisions and good things. They met in Chapel Hall, of the Academy.

“Sergeant James M. Wonders then addressed the audience in a very interesting manner, relating to different scenes that he and Company H of the 20th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment had passed through.

“Major Edward C. Downs was then introduced, and addressed the people in an affecting and beneficial mode, showing the attachment existing between the soldier and his officer. He stated that the 20th Regiment (O.V.I.) had passed through nine different battles, including the 40-day siege of Vicksburg, besides several skirmishes, and never yet turned their backs on a foe.

“The Committee then reported the following resolutions:

Resolved, That we, the citizens of Lordstown, welcome all soldiers in the United States service, and especially veterans, into our midst, and we desire as far as we can treat to them in such a manner as will strengthen their arm, and buoy up their souls to finish the work in which they are engaged.

Read the rest of the article, plus thoughts from historian Wendell Lauth, in the Monday Tribune Chronicle.